What followed turned out to be a mutant cross-fertilization between the frenetic gunplay of The Killer (John Woo), the bravado of Takashi Miikes The City Of Lost Souls, a dash of Six String Samurai, serious zombie threat as seen in Night Of The Living Dead, and a final dollop of Evil Dead II.Here we see body parts everywhere, blood pouring/spurting from every possible orifice, decapitations galore, dialogue thats 70% horrific screaming, holes blown in torsos that are big enough to run a train through, and over the top non-stop action so frenzied that at times were left numb.
Apparently Mr. Kitamura recognized this “numb threat and decided (a brilliant decision, by the way) that the best solution would be humor and the occasionally well-placed insane character. Thus every time the eviscerations became routine (Its amazing how quickly the human mind can adapt to horrific images!) and my attention began to waver, a new, unforgettably berserk character (i.e., a pair of out of place cops, an imbecile who never stops screeching, and a suited, knife wielding, tongue wagging lunatic that has to be seen to be believed played by Kenji Matsuda) would appear and rip me out of my reverie.The whole movie takes place in “portal 444, a forest that is just one of 666 possible dimensional shift locations. After the aforementioned samurai vs. zombie scene, things percolate into a slow build as we are introduced (in gangster fashion) to most of the movies characters. The action starts to pick up, then it becomes impressive, and then it gets even more frenetic until were left gasping for breath. In much the same way as Evil Dead II managed to do, Versus drags us into a demented rabbit hole of madness and never takes a rest.